So, it’s been 6 weeks since I started the paleo diet. I got the inspiration from writing a blog about how it works and another blog about how I got on within the first few weeks.

Before we get into the final weeks and results, lets recap the rules:

  • No grainy
  • No dairy
  • No Junk
  • No alcohol
  • One cheat meal/day a week
  • Only taking Whey Protein as a protein supplement if I’m low

If you’d like to read my struggle (and trust me I struggled) during the first few weeks be sure to check out my previous blog.

Once I got into my third week I started to feel fresh and healthy and was starting to enjoy the diet. I had a few carb cravings here and there, but the thought of results and a cheat meal at the end of the week motivated me enough to soldier through.

I was having 4 meals a day and maybe snacking on some fruit in-between.  Tried to keep my training to about 3-4 times a week whilst also doing 2 spin classes.

During the final week, as much as I have enjoyed this diet and may incorporate some of it into my diet after, I can honestly say I’m looking forward to it ending. Just so I’m able to get back into my own routine and have a chance to train during the day rather than of an evening when the gym in busy and all I want to do after is go to bed.

The results

Ok so here it is, the moment we’ve all been waiting for

Before After Difference
Weight 11st 4lbs 10st 11lbs 5lbs
Body fat (%) 11.5 11 0.5
Body fat mass (kg) 8.5 7.6 0.9

 

So, what does it mean?

Whilst I managed to drop 5 lbs within 6 weeks, which I quite impressive considering I wasn’t in anyway overweight, only about 2 lbs of that was fat, the remaining 3lbs was muscle. Of course, whenever we can help it we don’t want to lose muscle.

My body fat was the lowest it has ever been, which is something I’m proud of. In an ideal world I would have liked to have kept a bit more muscle.

So, is this diet something I’d recommend?

From my own experience on the diet, I would recommend it to anyone trying to lose weight as you can cut down on some bad habits quick just by being strict with yourself using the rules provided and you can get quite creative with your meals. I’d also recommend it for any gym goer who is in a “cut” routine to get their body fat down. With better planning and more regular updates I could have avoided some mistakes. But I made these mistakes so you don’t have to.

Fancy giving it a go? If you do be sure to let me know how you get on and what things you may have changed.

 

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